News Story


Narcotics / Weapons Arrest
6/16/2017 3:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Narcotics / Weapons Arrest

Report Number:



14000 Block of South Butler Avenue, Compton

Date & Time:

May 30, 2017  8:30 p.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Oxnard Police Department, National Guard ' Counter Drug Task Force


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


Andaya, Salvador





Over the past several months, the Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit has been investigating a drug trafficking organization working in Ventura County.  The investigation has led to numerous arrests as well as narcotic and firearm seizures.   On May 30, 2017, the Ventura County Sheriff's West County Narcotic Street Team concluded another part of this investigation with the arrest of Salvador Andaya, who was identified as a methamphetamine source in this investigation.


In early 2017, detectives received information narcotics were being sold from the Santa Paula Auto Center at 1055 E. Main Street in Santa Paula.  An investigation began and it was determined the owner of the business and his close business associates were organizing shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine to and from the business.  The investigation also revealed other area narcotic traffickers which subsequently identified Andaya as a methamphetamine supplier.


On May 30, 2017, Investigators executed a search warrant at a residence in the 14000 Block of South Butler Avenue, in the city of Compton.  During the search of the residence, approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, a scale, and a firearm were located. A search of one of Andaya's vehicles revealed an elaborate hidden compartment, which contained an additional 11 ounces of methamphetamine, a loaded hand gun, a scale, and written evidence of methamphetamine sales. Andaya was arrested at his residence during the search warrant service.


Andaya was arrested for possessing methamphetamine for sale, offering to sell methamphetamine, and weapons charges. Andaya is currently in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff Department's Pre-Trial Detention Facility with bail set at $500,000. His next court date is set for June 27, 2017 in Courtroom Division 12.


The West County Street Narcotics Team is comprised of narcotic detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and the Oxnard Police Department.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Guy Moody  - Ventura County Sheriff's Office



Media Release Date:

June 16, 2017


Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Eduardo Malagon  805-383-8752


Approved by:

Captain Robert Thomas



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).